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Frequently Asked Questions About Glomerulonephritis

Which doctor should I consult?

I have been told I have early kidney failure. What does this mean? What can I expect?

How can a special diet help?

What if I am diabetic?

What is the diet like?



What will happen if I don't follow this diet?

Will my diet change over time?

Will I have to take vitamins and minerals?

What if I am a vegetarian?

Can diet help prevent the bone disease seen in many kidney patients?

1. Which doctor should I consult?

A Nephrologist

2. I have been told I have early kidney failure. What does this mean? What can I expect?

This means that your kidneys are not doing as good a job as they should to help keep you healthy. Your kidneys normally remove waste products and extra fluid from your blood. These waste products and fluids come from the foods you eat and liquids you drink. If you have early kidney failure, some of the waste products and extra fluid remain in your blood. Sometimes, early kidney failure may progress to total kidney failure. However, if you follow your doctor's orders carefully, you may be able to slow down this process.

3. How can a special diet help?

A special diet can help to control the buildup of waste products and fluid in your blood and to decrease the workload of your kidneys. This diet may also help to slow down the loss of kidney function. The main goal of the diet is to keep you healthy. Your doctor may recommend a special diet, depending on the stage of your disease. If and when this diet is ordered for you, your doctor may want you to see a renal dietitian, who has special training in diet for kidney disease.

4. What if I am diabetic?
In some cases, you may need to make only a few changes in your diabetic diet to fit your needs as a kidney patient. If your doctor suggests that you eat less protein, you must be sure to get enough calories from other sources.

5. What is the diet like?
In general, the diet used for the early stages of kidney disease controls the amount of protein and phosphorus you eat. Usually, sodium is also controlled. Getting enough calories to maintain a healthy weight is very important at this time.


Your body needs protein every day for growth, building muscles and repairing tissue. After your body uses the protein in the foods you eat, a waste product called urea is made. If you have lost kidney function, your kidneys may not be able to get rid of this urea normally. You may need to reduce the amount of protein you eat to avoid buildup of urea in your body. Protein is found in two types of foods:

In large amounts in foods from animal sources such as poultry, meat, seafood, eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products. 

In smaller amounts in foods from plant sources such as breads, cereals, other starches and grains, and vegetables and fruits.
While you may need to limit the amount of protein you eat, it is important that you eat the right amount of protein. This helps to keep your body healthy.

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Is there any cases when kidney fails 100% for months together after that kidney become 100 % functional by self or by medication .
rameshdohare Friday, April 20, 2012
My son had this when he was 4 as a result of HSP. When admitted into Childrens Hospital he was in 80% kidney failure. However, in 4 days his kidneys were functionally almost normally. The DR. said he didnt understand how he recovered so quickly. I am looking for statistics as to this type of recovery.
Mamabear10 Tuesday, April 17, 2012
how can you treat this for a premature baby born at 28 weeks now 3 months old fighting for his little life if you can help contact me 210 313-7226 please HELP
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